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Old 03-11-2005, 07:57 AM
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Need some help with stray hairs

How is the best way to remove stray hairs for a sleek look. You know the little hairs or split ends that seem to catch the light in even the most hair sprayed do's. I've tried a bit of dust & scratches to get rid of the really bright ones, but the effect still isn't that great. I've also used the healing brush and cloning (VERY time consuming if done right, muddy if done quick)

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Old 03-11-2005, 09:29 AM
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Can you post an image you're working on?
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Old 03-11-2005, 09:57 AM
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I don't have the image with me (I'm at the "dayjob") but here is a representation of what I'm talking about. Trying to get sleek hair where there is small strays/split ends sticking up. Some are much worse depending on lighting. I'm not referring to the outer edges of the hairline, but the hairs that stick out within the whole mass.
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Old 03-11-2005, 10:51 AM
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One thing that I do sometimes is to use the smudge tool, at about 15% strength, and run along the hair with a brush that has a lot of little dots in it (make a snapshot first). Then select the last smudge as the history brush source and I paint over the whole image, then select "Fade History Brush" from the main menu and fade to about 20%, paint again, fade again. Repeat about three times. This will remove most of the stray hairs that run along the hair, then you can clone out the hairs that run across it. Don't forget to sharpen the hair, select the sharpen state as the history brush source, back up, and paint over the hair.

Hope that helps,

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Old 03-11-2005, 11:02 AM
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Wow Michael!!!

Great result and thank you so much for a great Tip!!!!!
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Old 03-11-2005, 12:20 PM
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Thanks Flora,

That's high praise coming from you.

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Old 03-11-2005, 12:44 PM
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I'm going to have to give that a try on the one at home - gorgeous results.

LOL! I got distracted by this model's nose and was rebuilding her face. Not what I'm getting paid to do right now

Back to data entry...BLUCK!
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Old 03-12-2005, 11:19 AM
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Over in that other thread, there was some talk about anistropic things. Vector flow fields are very cool.

http://www.greyc.ensicaen.fr/~dtschu...tion/demo.html
Near the bottom, called Inpainting, there are some examples of taking things out of photos and filling in gaps.

Took me a few days to fully understand, but my geekiness figured out how to do it with stock tools. Amazingly simple.

Attached is a test using the hair sample posted.
Just a quick test that I cobbled together in a few minutes.
Shows potential, but I'm not sure how well this technique will work in general just yet.
That is, it's going to take me awhile to figure out the pros, cons, suitable situations and what-not.
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Old 03-29-2005, 12:54 PM
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A real sample

Would the techniques above work on this? I am so not having any luck.
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Old 03-29-2005, 06:31 PM
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Some nice results here, not thought much about changing the hair at this detail but very interesting might take a closer look.

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